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Saint Thaddeus Monastery

Posted by
Expose (Tehran, Iran) on 6 December 2008 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Qara Kilissa ( The black Church )

Also known as Kara Kilise, is an ancient Armenian monastery located in the mountainous area of Iran's West Azarbaijan Province, about 20 km from the town of Maku. Saint Thaddeus Monastery can be seen from a distance because of the massiveness of the church, strongly characterized by 2 cuspidate tambours. There are several chapels nearby: three on the hills east of the stream, one approximately 3km south of the monastery on the road to Bastam, and another that also serves as the church for the village of Qara-Kilissa.
In July 2008, the St. Thaddeus monastery was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List, along with the St. Stepanos monastery and the chapel of Dzordzor (two other Armenian monuments located in the same province).

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